Things to do in Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire houses the city of Gloucester and towns, Cheltenham, Cirencester, Stroud and Tewkesbury. With all of these to explore, you definitely won't be short of something to do in the county.

Gloucestershire is home to the Cotswolds, which is the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales. It is a quintessentially British county that is home to rolling hills, green fields and picturesque towns and villages. Gloucestershire boasts picturesque scenery with miles of unspoilt countryside, rich in wildlife and stunning views, perfect for country walks and cycle routes.

Walking

The Cotswolds Way For those who love rambling and hiking, you will love the walk through the Cotswolds. Stretching across 100 miles from Chipping Campden to Bath, this lengthy walk includes stunning views of the countryside and picture post card villages.

Recommended walks include the Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons which is not just a stunning area but also an archaeological landscape with prehistoric field systems and burial mounds.

The Forest of Dean

The Forest of Dean is an enchanting place to explore for all the family throughout the year. Whether you want to wander around the Sculpture Trail at Beechenhurst, enjoy amazing views at Symonds Yat Rock, or take a stroll around Mallards Pike Lake, there is so much to see and explore in this beautiful forest.

Bourton-on-the-Water

Bourton-on-the-Water is beautiful place to start a stroll through the olde-worlde village. The honey-coloured cottages on this short walk are one and a half miles long and lead out to the village green.

For more information on walking routes around the Cotswolds, visit The Outdoor Guide.

Heritage

Gloucestershire entertains Saxon churches to Neolithic burial mounds and so much more in-between! If you are a big Harry Potter fan, you will no doubt recognise the beautiful interiors of Gloucester Cathedral. The cathedral has been used to shoot scenes for the Harry Potter films, as well as Mary Queen of Scots, Sherlock, Wolf Hall and Doctor Who. The magnificent 11th century cathedral is the resting place of King Edward II.

Just a short walk away from the cathedral is Gloucester docks, a cosmopolitan area filled with converted warehouses, restaurants and bars. Must visits include Dyrham Park, which has an outstanding collection of Dutch art and ceramics, and Snowshill Manor which is an extraordinary manor house packed full of interesting items from Samurai armour to exquisite clocks and musical instruments.

If you are a history buff, you will want to visit Berkeley Castle. Situated between Gloucester and Bristol, the castle is a well-preserved fortress overlooking the River Severn. It has been the home of the Berkeley family since it was first built 1153.

For more information on Gloucestershire, visit here.  Alternatively, to find pubs with rooms in the county, use the Location Finder in Pubs. 

(Photo: ©VisitEngland/Cotswolds.com)

 

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The Bell Hotel

Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

The Bell Hotel is situated close to the banks of the River Avon, in the historic market town of Tewkesbury....

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The New Inn

Coln St Aldwyns , Gloucestershire

The New Inn is an idyllic 16th Century dog-friendly pub situated in the heart of The Cotswolds. This...

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The Tudor Arms

Slimbridge, Gloucestershire

Welcome to The Tudor Arms a large, family-operated Free House frequently awarded CAMRA’s Gloucester Country...

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The Frogmill

Cheltenham, ‎Gloucestershire

Nestled in the sweeping Gloucestershire countryside and close to Cheltenham, The Frogmill sits between...

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The Bell at Selsley

Stroud, Gloucestershire

Set in the picturesque and quaint village of Selsley, The Bell Inn is a 16th Century grade two listed...

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The Porch House

Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire

An award winning Cotswold pub with a large restaurant, conservatory, bar and private dining room along with...

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The Ebrington Arms

Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

The Ebrington Arms is a stunning country pub, voted the Best Pub in the South West at the 2019 National Pub &...

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The Horse and Groom

Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire

A Grade II listed Georgian inn of honey coloured Cotswold stone, the Horse and Groom is bursting with...

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The Lion Inn

Winchcombe, Gloucestershire

The Lion was crowned the "Best Pub in Gloucestershire" at the 2018 National Pub & Bar Awards. Enjoy a...

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Old Manse Hotel

Bourton on the Water, Gloucestershire

The Old Manse Hotel is a Cotswold stone country inn that dates from 1748. Brimming with character and charm,...

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